What many people may not realize is that all too often, leaders of agencies
are actually non-elected politicians. Someone once said that if you
put more than two people together, you wind up with a political system.
In order to ascend the chain of command in any organization, often the
person who winds up at the top of the pyramid is the person who has
demonstrated the willingness to "go along to get along."
Apparently the chief of the Border Patrol is such an individual.
Virtually from his very first day in office, President George W. Bush
made it clear that he opposed any effort to secure our nation's borders.
He dangled promises of guest worker amnesty programs that encouraged
the greatest influx of illegal aliens in the history of our nation.
In pushing for the massive hiring program in the waning months of his
administration that spanned 8 years, he caused standards to be lowered,
and, as the article points out, made it all but inevitable that the
massive hiring program caused new recruits to not be properly vetted,
apparently causing some applicants with criminal histories to be hired.
Law enforcement is a profession that exposes its officials to the potential
for corruption. Corruption takes may forms and in its most insidious,
can cost the corrupt agent's colleagues their very lives. Corruption
can and does, compromise national security.
The outrage is that for years the administration refused to hire an
adequate number of special agents for ICE and an adequate number of
Border Patrol agents. As I have noted in previous commentaries, on March
10, 2005 I was invited to testify before the House Subcommittee on Immigration,
Border Security and Claims at a hearing entitled:
The significance of that hearing was that while the Congress had appropriated
sufficient funds to hire and train 800 new special agents for ICE, the
administration cut that number to just 143 new special agent hires.
Similarly, while Congress had provided funding to hire 2,000 new Border
Patrol agents that year and proposed that an additional 2,000 new Border
Patrol agents be hired for each of the next 4 years, for a total of
an additional 10,000 Border Patrol agents, the President and his administration
slashed the number of new Border Patrol agents to be hired that year
to just 210!
Had the President heeded the advice of the Congress, there would have
been no mad dash to hire and train 6,000 agents whose screening and
training program had been compromised out of the necessity of meeting
the quotas belatedly imposed by the inept Bush administration.
Meanwhile, Chief Aguilar obviously bought into the madness and is now
being richly rewarded by the administration for his loyalty
to an administration that will leave behind a legacy of ineptitude,
incompetence and arguably worse, where the security of our nation' borders
and the creation of an immigration system that his integrity is concerned.
Even as Mr. Aguilar contemplates how to spend his huge $61,200.00 bonus,
Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean and their families must wonder
how they will get through the next decade as those two valiant agents
languish in solitary confinement in federal prison for carrying out
their sworn duties!
There is something else I would like you to consider.
report notes that the rapid way in which new Border Patrol agents
were recruited and hired resulted in criminals not being screened out
of the vetting process. Obviously criminals would love to become Border
Patrol agents! To be in the position to assist smugglers in moving drugs,
illegal aliens including criminals, gang members and terrorists across
our nation's borders could yield them huge "fees." It is clear
that such criminals would have a strong incentive to beat the system
and acquire the badge of a sworn federal agent.
Similarly, criminals and terrorists would see in any Comprehensive Immigration
Reform (CIR) program, an opportunity to succeed in acquiring lawful
status to which they are not entitled. This is the critical vulnerability
in a system that is made to operate more rapidly than it was ever designed
The theory behind
the speed laws that are applied to motorists is that if you attempt
to drive a vehicle at excessive speed, accidents may well result, often
with deadly consequences.
Our nation's leaders need to finally come to grips with a basic rule
that there is an adverse proportion between speed and accuracy!
Had the Bush administration, especially in the wake of the terrorist
attacks of 9/11 accepted the commonsense concept that required that
the vulnerabilities in the immigration system be immediately and effectively
addressed, the issues noted in the news report below concerning the
vetting and training of new Border Patrol agents would not be an issue
Furthermore, the debate over the construction of a fence to secure the
border between the United States and Mexico was utterly absurd. The
idea of a "virtual fence" made no sense when you realize that
the Border Patrol lacked the resources to respond to the alerts that
such a system generates. As I noted during several appearances, "A
virtual fence will stop virtually no one!"
A fence, in and of itself is not the solution to the illegal immigration
crisis, just as a wing, in and of itself is not likely to fly. However,
when a wing is added to other components such as a fuselage, engines,
tail assembly and landing gear, you have an airplane that will fly.
A fence should be seen as an important component of an immigration enforcement
program that takes many issues into account that need to be closely
coordinated to achieve the success that unfortunately, many politicians
from both political parties do not want to create.
These are the politicians who are more concerned with getting the campaign
contributions of the various groups of advocates that are happy to see
an endless stream of illegal aliens flooding across our borders to provide
a limitless source of cheap and exploitable labor and also to provide
Other politicians are motivated by a desire to have an endless supply
of new voters that the massive influx of illegal aliens provides, especially
if they can be quickly legalized and then naturalized so that they can
Needless to say, the politicians that do not want our nation's borders
to be secured would not want to take the advice and recommendations
of field agents into account when constructing the fence because the
likelihood is that the input from those agents would make the fence
more effective in securing our border, a goal that these politicians
do not want to see realized!
These politicians are all about creating illusions while making certain
that the border remains as porous as a sieve! David Copperfield, the
famed illusionist should run for public office- he is a true illusionist!
We the People
must not sit by passively and allow this madness to be foisted upon
us and our nation. We the People must take our First Amendment rights
seriously and make it our business to have our voices heard by those
who purport to represent us!
Good citizenship does not end at the voting booth but it simply begins
there. In order for our representative democracy to represent us, we
need to communicate with our elected representatives to let them know
in clear and unequivocal terms what we want.
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I implore you
to get involved! Please make this your New Year's Resolution!
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our
nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply
stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!
You are either
part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!
W. Cutler graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New
York in 1971 with a B.A. in Communications Arts and Sciences. Mr. Cutler
began working for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in
October 1971 when he entered on duty as an Immigration Inspector assigned
to John F. Kennedy International Airport. In August 1975 he became a Criminal
Investigator (Special Agent) for the INS at NYC.
He rotated through
virtually every squad in the Investigations Branch. From 1988 until 1991
he was assigned as the INS representative to the Unified Intelligence
Division (UID) of the DEA in New York. In 1991 he was promoted to the
position of Senior Special Agent and was assigned to the Organized Crime,
Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) which required that he work with
members of other law enforcement agencies including the FBI, DEA, ATF,
U.S. Customs and local and state police as well as law enforcement organizations
of other countries including Israel, Canada, Great Britain and Japan,
to conduct investigations of aliens involved in major drug trafficking
organizations. He retired from the INS in February 2002, after a career
that spanned some 30 years.
Cutler has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including
Lou Dobbs, Fox News, MSNBC and many other television and radio news-oriented
programs to discuss the enforcement of immigration laws.